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Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be Popular

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be PopularAs metallic coatings grow in popularity, the competition is heating up. Bear in mind that the key to a mesmerizing metallic floor is the artist behind it.

Jon Kopp
Jul 24, 2017
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Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007. 

Jacqueline Valle
Jul 24, 2017
Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
Concrete Artisan Reflects on Series Focused On Design Elements

concrete countertop top with textured back wallThis represents the last column in my design-focused series, “The Elements of Style for Contractors.” Before I bid you all good-bye, I’ll summarize the main points. Concrete Decor posts complete archives of past issues, so you can check out the topics of the previous 10 articles. The series kicked off in January 2015 when I described the five composition ‘tools’ concrete artisans should have in their tool kits — Line, Shape, Value, Color and Texture.

Gaye Goodman
Differences Between Integral Colors and Color Hardeners

Bart Sacco
Jan 24, 2013
A Pictorial Guide to Acid Stained Concrete

Bob Harris's full collection of books and dvdsIf you want an all-encompassing guide to staining concrete floors, check out “Bob Harris’ Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors,” written by Bob Harris, founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Georgia.

Jul 15, 2004
National September 11 Memorial Fountains, New York City

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 19, 2012
Highway 80 Median, Jackson, Miss.

David Searls
Nov 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Using a Grid to Transfer Art to Concrete

A depiction of a bull from caveman drawings is placed onto a concrete patio using a grid methodUse this decorative technique to transfer art to a concrete patio using a grid method is an effiecient and foolproof way to get the perfect look you and your customer are after.

Dave Pettigrew
Aug 1, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tips: Getting Rust Out of Concrete

Rusty concrete has been cleaned with Tek GelAt a recent Flattoo workshop conducted by Surface Gel Tek, Tamryn Doolan discussed many decorative uses for the company’s products. But I also learned another surprising benefit of Tek Gel for Profiling besides its etching and stenciling capabilities.

Oct 5, 2004
Top Cast Chemical Surface Retarder for Decorative Concrete

Top Cast is a water-based, film-forming surface retarder that saves time by eliminating the need for covering the surface even when it rains.Top Cast is a water-based, film-forming surface retarder that saves time by eliminating the need for covering the surface even when it rains. The product, available in thirteen depths of etch, is designed for poured-in-place flatwork and the top surface of precast panels.

Oct 20, 2004
10 Simple Ways to Efficiently Grow Your Company

concrete stamping crewGrowing your business on limited resources can seem daunting or nearly impossible, but it is achievable over time with hard work and a clear plan of action. Adding employees can be a tough idea to grasp, when considering additional payroll and human resources.

Will Mattingly
Concrete Walkway and Columbariums Transform Garden

Decorative Concrete Columbariums

Vanessa Salvia
Calvary Christian School Art Room, Holland, Mich.

Concrete Overlay of a yellow sunflower in Christian school in MichiganWhat better place is there to experiment with various decorative concrete techniques than in a high-school art classroom?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 4, 2012
How Do You Combat Efflorescence on a Stained, Sealed Floor?

Efflorescence on a stained, sealed concrete floorIn our home in Houston, we have a stained concrete slab-on-grade floor covered with white powder. We had the floor tested and the white powder was identified as salts escaping and clouding the floor.

Chris Sullivan
Aug 1, 2015
Recycling Concrete Can Help in Times of Shortage

Using pieces of leftover concrete is a great way to help when there is a shortage of materials.In order to understand a cement shortage, we must first take a look at the factors that are responsible for the lack of this precious material. They include growth in construction activity, limited supply, and increased shipping rates.

Evan Lloyd
Oct 12, 2004
Early-entry Cuts for Decorative Concrete

Decorative saw cuts on existing concrete surfaces are greatly enhanced with a beveled edge blade.Sometime in the early 1980s, a concrete contractor named Ed Chiuminatta pulled the wheels off a board and attached them to a Skilsaw. The result? A saw blade that could roll across green concrete, slicing a control joint in a fraction of the time it would take to carve the groove by hand.

John Strieder
Mar 1, 2003
Replace Old Vinyl Composite Tile with Polished and Dyed Concrete

A concrete floor that was polished after the vinyl composite tile was removed.The Harley dealership is a leader in sales and rider satisfaction for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, and its headquarters reflects its ethics. The 31,000-square-foot facility boasts a modern industrial theme, with cathedral 25-foot ceilings and marblesque floors.

Nathan Baggett, with Ray Wilkerson
Feb 27, 2013
Water Drainage for Decorative Applications

Tips on choosing the right type of drain system — and for ensuring that it doesn't ruin the look of your project.

John Strieder
Controlled Erosion

Intended to mimic the look of travertine, this microexposure finish leaves the surface with a subtle texture that complements integrally colored exteriors beautifully.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
Artisan in Concrete: Klassen Concrete, Winnipeg, Manitoba

From quirky flights of fancy to classic looks, this Canadian contractor can handle it all even landscaping.

Christina Camara
Feb 13, 2009